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Bioconversion of organic waste : the potential for recycling domestic organic waste in Hobart, Tasmania


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Jay, Paul 1997 , 'Bioconversion of organic waste : the potential for recycling domestic organic waste in Hobart, Tasmania', Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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This study examined the potential for recycling domestic organic waste in Hobart,
within the context of the Tasmanian Solid Waste Management Policy (1994), which
encompasses both home composting and centralised large scale composting. The
effectiveness of the Hobart City Council's home composting program and the viability,
for the Council to establish a centralised composting scheme, was examined.
The study analysed the impact of state legislation and policies on waste management in
Tasmania and examined the rationale for bioconverting organic waste into compost. The
biological aspects of bioconvertion, and the various composting systems, composting
technologies and the process control required for large scale composting, were
investigated. A survey, to determine the community's current recycling experiences and
practices for organic waste and to assess community support for a centralised
composting scheme lwas carried out in April 1997 in the Hobart municipality.
The study found anomalies, with a significant proportion of the community either
excluded from, or not satisfied with, the levels of information in the Council's home
composting program. The type of compost bins promoted in the Council's incentive
based program were also not found to be conducive for use in all housing types. The
study analysed the limitations in the Council's home composting program and proposed
a number of approaches for the Hobart City Council to improve its promotional and
educational strategies, and incentive based programs. The study found that there is strong community support for the Council to pursue large
scale composting, as an alternative to landfilling organic waste. The majority of
households indicated willingness to pay for the cost and ensure logistic support for the
recycling scheme. The study identified a number of concerns associated with centralised
composting schemes and proposed a number of strategies for the Council to take into
consideration when embarking with the recycling scheme. The study concludes by
offering areas of future research and the potential to encourage the wider involvement of
all councils in waste management issues.

Item Type: Thesis - Coursework Master
Authors/Creators:Jay, Paul
Keywords: Recycling (Waste, etc.)
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Thesis (M.Env.St.)--University of Tasmania, 1998. Includes bibliographical references

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